20 fun things to do online

Since the lockdown began, some of us have taken on some deep and meaningful pursuits, such as establishing a home workout routine or learning a new skill. But there’s also nothing wrong with having some lighthearted fun online by tracking sharks, exploring the stars or doing something quick and creative! The limits to what you can do are endless.

With this in mind, we’ve come up with 20 online activities that you can turn to when you need a break, a distraction or just something to make you smile. We’d love to hear which ones you enjoyed most. Email us at [email protected] or leave a comment below.

1. Join “Let’s Rock the Lockdown” on Facebook

learn

Let’s Rock the Lockdown is a Facebook group where more than 11,000 people of all ages come together to enjoy one another’s musical talents. The group hosts online open mic nights where they sing, play musical instruments or both. If you’d like to join in, then all you have to do is send a message to the group admin who will organise you a time slot. Otherwise, just sit back, relax and enjoy the music!

2. Track sharks, dolphins and turtles with OSEARCH Tracker

This tracker can either be downloaded as an app or accessed online. It lets you keep track of tagged ocean animals around the world by showing you where they currently are and where they’ve recently been. You can find out each animal’s name, as well as their weight and length! If you log in regularly, you can search for your favourite animal by name and see where he or she has ended up. My favourite is a White Shark, named Helena. She’s 12ft 5ins, weighs 1314lbs, and I last spotted her along the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina! Who will your favourite animal be?

3. Meet Jan in the woods

Jan appreciates that many people can’t get out at the moment due to isolation, so she’s decided to film her daily walks in the woods for 30 days to share with others. She aims to bring people a calming and mindful experience by helping them to connect with nature.

4. Print off some free drawings to colour

Colouring is a relaxing activity that will keep you busy and allow you to get creative with your colour palette. Theme Creative has a range of different drawings that you can print out and colour.

5. Explore live cams around the world

When the majority of us are stuck indoors, sometimes it can be nice to have a change of scenery. YouTube and Explore have plenty of live webcams from around the world that you can have a nosy at when you’ve got some spare time.

Our favourite ones are:

6. Paint with flames

Are your creative skills on fire? With this tool, they will be! Flame Painter is an experimental tool that will allow you to create some cool graphic designs. It can be as precise or as random or like, and it’s a great opportunity to express yourself.

7. Listen to a TED talk

TED talks cover all sorts of topics from personal growth to business through to community. They can be incredibly motivational and are always given by people who have a genuine passion for their choice of topic. If you’re looking for some motivation, inspiration or you just fancy learning something new without getting your head stuck into a course, then it’s worth searching for a relevant TED talk.

8. Let go of worrying thoughts with Pixel Thoughts

Pixel Thoughts is a very basic tool which allows you to write down a worry and then watch it get smaller and smaller, at the same time as positive messages are flashing up on the screen. It won’t completely fix all your problems but it might help you forget them for a few moments. Just the sentiment behind the tool was enough to make me smile!

9. Use up what you have in your kitchen with a SuperCook recipe

Got a few random ingredients in your kitchen cupboards that you’re not sure what to do with? SuperCook will ask you what these food items are before suggesting recipes that use these ingredients. Never has there been a better time to use a website like this!

10. Play: Quick Draw

This little game is highly addictive, so play at your own risk! Get ready to practice your doodling skills…

11. Go back in time with The Musical Time Machine

With this musical time machine you can listen to music from any decade and country of your choice. Visit Brazil in the 1960s or China in the 1990s, or if you’re not sure what you’d like to listen to then simply choose the shuffle option, and listen to the curator’s choice. You can also submit your own musical suggestions! The creators of Radiooooo built this tool with the goal of broadening people’s horizons through musical culture.

12. Find the invisible cow

If you’ve got a spare couple of minutes, then why not find the invisible cow? The louder the voice shouts “COW!” the closer you are to finding him or her. Click when you think you’ve found their hiding place.

13. Create your own background noise

A Soft Murmur has a range of relaxing sounds including rain, waves and birds chirping that you can listen to when you’re trying to wave away distractions. You can blend sounds together until you find the perfect mix.

14. Send someone a glitter bomb

Would you like to send someone a glittery surprise? Glitter Revolution allows you to send glitter bomb letters and glitter cannons to unsuspecting friends or family members. It may make someone’s day or just give them plenty of hoovering to do – either way, it’s a sure way to have some fun!

15. Explore the stars

100,000 Stars is one of the most beautiful things that I’ve seen on the internet. It allows you to explore the universe and learn about the stars. You get to navigate your own way around the galaxy and zoom in on stars of interest (including the sun) when you want to find out more. If you don’t fancy guiding your own way around or you don’t know where to start, you can also choose to take an existing tour.

16. See how your favourite websites have evolved over the years

Sometimes we only remember how much things have changed when we take a look back at the past. Wayback Machine has more than 431 billion archived web pages that have been collected over the last couple of decades. Have you ever wondered what your favourite website looked like 20 years ago? You probably will now! The picture above was what Google looked like in 1997!

17. Watch tornado chasers live

Tornadoes are fascinating beasts that many of us will only ever see on TV and for some reason, this makes them even more intriguing! Severe Studios are offering users the chance to experience live storm chasing with some top storm chasers. Due to the unpredictability of the weather, you will just have to log on every now and then to see if you can catch some live streaming. But in the meantime, there’s also an archive of tornado videos that date back as far as July 2008 for you to enjoy.

18. Complete a Rubix cube

If you’ve always wanted to try a Rubix cube, then now you can – online! You can still rotate it, shuffle it and realign it like you would with the 3D version. If you complete it once, then why not do it again and see if you can beat your previous time?

19. Go on a random adventure with MapCrunch

When you arrive on MapCrunch’s website, all you have to do is hit ‘Go’ and you will be transported to a random Google street view of a location anywhere in the world. On my first three goes I went to Thailand, France and Singapore!

20. Do nothing for two minutes

This site encourages you to sit back, relax and do nothing for two minutes while you listen to the sound of the waves. If you touch your mouse or keyboard, then the two minutes starts again. If you’re struggling to switch off and do nothing, then there can be something psychological about being given permission to, which this handy tool does.  If you enjoy doing nothing for two minutes and staying in the present moment, then you carry on beyond the two minutes for as long as it brings you peace.

You may also find it helpful to read our introductory guide to mindfulness, which will show you how to practice staying in the present moment on a more regular basis.

We’d love to hear from you!

We hope that the websites above either made you smile, allowed you to take a break or gave you some small inspiration. If you have any other fun online activities that you’d like to share with us, then please email us at [email protected] or leave a comment below.

Links with an * by them are affiliate links which help Rest Less stay free to use as they can result in a payment or benefit to us. You can read more on how we make money here.

15 thoughts on “20 fun things to do online

  1. Avatar
    Donald on Reply

    This is what I have been looking for now I got 20 new things I can do as I am in the high risk category and been put into the shielding process and told I have to for a minimum of 12 weeks be in self isolation not allowed to go out at all.

    My laptop and fast Internet has stomped me going nuts

    Thank you for posting this and I will be sharing this with my friends who are in a similar situation as me

    kind regards Donald

    1. Avatar
      Helen on Reply

      We’re glad this has brought you some enjoyment in your shielding process, Donald and delighted to hear you’re going to share with your friends. Don’t forget, we also have a vast array of courses on our website, many of which are free. Plenty there to keep your brain in gear.

  2. Avatar
    Allysum on Reply

    Thank you. Quite depressed at the moment, this has cheered me up no end. Thank you, can’t say more off shark tracking.

  3. Avatar
    Juliette on Reply

    Love this – especially the Gorilla Cam .. I’m booked onto a trek with Dream Challenges next November to find a Gorilla camp protected in Uganda … excited much !!

  4. Avatar
    Suzanne on Reply

    HI, just signed up!
    I’m in the throws of learning bread making! I did cheat and bought a bread machine, but in reflection I’ve decided to put a bit more effort into this new project! I’m getting a Dutch Oven, and tomorrow I’m going to start my own Yeast Starter, Which I gather you have to cultivate! So any failsafe bread recipes, preferably not just white bread, would be much appreciated!

  5. Avatar
    Jayne Heath on Reply

    Hi is it possible to chat to anyone on this site. I would love to be able to get to know like minded people and share a few mins chat now and then. Many thanks. Lizzie Heath.

    1. Avatar
      Helen on Reply

      Hi Lizzie. Thanks for your question. It sounds as though you’d enjoy our Rest Less Community. It’s a forum where you can chat with other Rest Less members and also post or answer questions, get inspiration from like-minded people and possibly learn new things, too. You can set up a profile here, using the “Sign Up” option.

Leave a Reply

Get the latest ideas, advice and inspiration

No spam. Just useful and interesting stuff, straight to your inbox. Covering jobs, finance, learning, volunteering, lifestyle and more.

By providing us your email address you agree to receive emails and communications from us and acknowledge that your personal data will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. You can unsubscribe at any time by following the link in our emails.

Good luck with your application

Before you go, we’d love to stay in touch to find out how you get on. Sign up to Rest Less today to get the latest volunteering, careers, learning, financial planning and lifestyle resources sent straight to your inbox.

By providing your email you agree to receive emails and communications from us and acknowledge that your personal data will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. You can unsubscribe at any time through the link in our emails.

Good luck with your application

Before you go, we’d love to stay in touch to find out how you get on. Sign up to Rest Less today to get the latest jobs, learning, volunteering, financial planning and lifestyle resources sent straight to your inbox.

By providing your email you agree to receive emails and communications from us and acknowledge that your personal data will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. You can unsubscribe at any time through the link in our emails.